MON presents an exhibition of influential Catalan artist Jaume Plensa

The Oscar Niemeyer Museum (MON) hosts the exhibition “Invisible and Unspeakable” in its Olho space by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, one of the biggest names of his generation. The show organized by Marcello Dantas will open on December 7.

The exhibition evokes a deep resonance in the visitor with its images. Juliana Vosnika, director-president of MON, explains: “There are 17 works that scream even without speaking, go beyond the function of objects and develop feelings and relationships between the audience and the works.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Oscar Niemeyer Museum hosts perhaps one of the most surprising exhibitions MON has ever created in this space. Juliana says, “The Eye, designed by master Oscar Niemeyer, is a unique and dazzling exhibition space that has won MON national and international acclaim.

Luciana Casagrande Pereira, chief cultural supervisor, notes that MON has been a museum of excellence for 20 years. “The exhibition of the Spanish Jaume Plensa is the crown of the jubilee celebration of this museum, which the residents of Parana are proud of. These are highly effective works that will surprise and delight the audience.”

With an artistic career spanning more than 40 years, Plensa is recognized worldwide for his large-scale works and installations in public spaces, making him the most important Catalan artist of his generation. “His pursuit of delicacy of form distinguishes him from the great sculptors of our time,” says curator Marcello Dantas.

Plensa uses a variety of materials in his creations, from glass to steel and bronze, passing through less tangible elements such as water, light and sound. This contrast between materiality and immateriality is a striking feature of his work.

For the first time, the exhibition brings together two large-scale and diverse construction works: “Silent Hydrangea” (more than seven meters high) and “Invisible Rui Rui”. The first personifies the impossibility of expressing the unspeakable, and the second removes the body from sublime expression that calls for silence.

“The symmetrical confrontation between two sculptures in space is a composition not seen in his exhibitions,” notes Dantas.

These subtle expressions and gestures depicted in his works give a broad understanding of human consciousness and existence. According to the curator, the small distortions and imperfections in his sculptures create a more intuitive connection for the viewer, where similarities overlap with differences.

ARTIST – Jaume Plensa was born in 1955 in Barcelona, ​​Spain, where he lives and works. With an artistic career spanning more than 40 years, his practice is characterized by large-scale works in public space, as well as sculptures and installations that explore materials as diverse as resin, polyester, steel, iron, water, glass and nylon.

His works have already been presented in Spain, France, Japan, England, Korea, Germany, Canada, USA and Brazil, among other countries.

The search for form refinement distinguishes him from the great sculptors of our time who approach the human dimension and his relationship with the environment. Plensa contains silent images of faces, hands and words scattered in memory. Its mass production is the result of comparing the sculptural context to create a reflexive effect in the public.

The artist has been awarded a number of national and international awards: Knights of Arts and Letters medal, French Ministry of Culture, Paris (1993); Atelier Calder Foundation Award, Sache, France (1996); National Award for Fine Arts of the Government of Catalonia (1997); and Doctor Honoris Causa by the Art Institute of Chicago, USA (2005).

In Spain, he received the National Award for Fine Arts (2012), the prestigious Velazquez Art Award (2013) and an honorary doctorate from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (2018).

GUARDIAN – Marcello Dantas is an award-winning interdisciplinary curator with numerous activities in Brazil and abroad. Working at the border between art and technology, it produces exhibitions, museums and numerous projects that seek to provide immersive experiences through the senses and perception.

In recent years, he has been at the forefront of the design of various museums such as the Portuguese Language Museum and the Japanese House in São Paulo; Natural Museum, Serra da Capivara, Piaui; Manaus City Museum; Sergipe Folk Museum, Aracajuda; and the Caribbean Museum and Carnival Museum, Barranquilla, Colombia.

He has curated solo exhibitions by some of the most important and influential names in contemporary art, including Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Bill Viola, Christian Boltanski, Jenny Holzer, Laurie Anderson, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Rebecca Horn and Tunga.

He was also the artistic director of the Brazil pavilion at Expo Shanghai 2010, the Brazil pavilion at Rio+20 and the Pele station in Berlin during the 2006 World Cup.

He is currently the curator of the Bienal do Mercosul, which opened in September in Porto Alegre, and the curator of the SFER IK Museo in Tulum, Mexico.

A graduate of New York University, Marcello Dantas is a board member of several international institutions and a mentor in visual arts at the Art Institute of Chicago.


“Invisible and unspeakable”, artist Jaume Plensa

From December 8, 2022 to April 9, 2023

Eye exposure area

Oscar Niemeyer Museum

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